The Role of NVI in Mainstream Optometry

Natural Vision Improvement is an alternative form of eye therapy. Its equivalent in mainstream medicine is optometry. Optometrists (aka ophthalmic opticians) focus on diagnosing eye conditions, conducting eye surgery, prescribing optical aids, and prescribing medicines. In short, they are the modern, conventional specialists in anything that concerns vision and the eyes. Optometrists are the folks best capable of dealing with serious eye conditions, and are invaluable when it comes to the safety of your eyes.

         But there are quite a few problems with mainstream optometry – especially for the average Jane and Joe with his or her own set of unique circumstances.

The first and most obvious issue here is the money involved.

Optometrists tackle the solution by prescribing the quickest and most straightforward solutions to the condition. The average pair of glasses only takes an hour or so to fabricate, while a prescription form can be quickly filled and handed out in the blink of an eye. If surgery is recommended, whether major or minor, then the optometrist simply advises the patient about the procedure and sets a date.

        All these procedures are quick and convenient, but they cost a significant amount of money in return. And that’s not something many people can afford in this troubled economy, especially when you take the issue of ‘consistent’ eye care into consideration. This lack of consistency pops up because of the tendency of optometrists to not provide preventive measures to eye problems. The problem with medicine, surgery and optical aids is that they don’t deal with the root cause of future eye problems. Yes glasses, medicine and surgery are effective at dealing with a wide range of issues, but these are designed to address just one issue at a time and don’t prevent you from developing further eye problems.

You can wear the strongest prescription eyeglasses or undertake laser surgery to get perfect 20/20 vision once again, but that will be for naught if you keep staring at a computer screen all day and fail to relax your eyes in the process. The average person must learn how to both relax and strengthen their eyes in order to prevent their conditions from worsening in the future. And finally, there is the tendency of mainstream doctors to be dismissive of alternative methods of treating problems and diseases. There are very real gains to be made with alternative treatments of bodily ailments, especially when it comes to preventing and recovering from these ailments. While it is undeniable that there are indeed quacks out there that aim to exploit people, there are many more alternative practitioners who are serious about their concern for their patients.

The problem here is that many mainstream doctors lump all alternative practices with the shams, and outright dismiss all other forms of treating bodily ailments. This is especially true in specialized niches such as eye care. The average optometrist will only accept his method of treatment as effective. Everything else does not work – have an alternative method of treatment that does not force you to buy strange contraptions or bottles of dubious ‘herbal’ medicines. You can make the devices and prepare the food by yourself (more on that later in this guide).

even when the reasoning behind it is sound. Looking at all these issues with mainstream optometry, you can’t help but ask yourself: where does NVI fit in with all this?

Simple: Natural Vision Improvement is an alternative treatment method that works

side-by-side with mainstream optometry. In fact, it complements the weaknesses of mainstream optometry quite well.

First off is the issue with money.

Many – if not all – of NVI’s activities, exercises and regimens practically cost nothing out of your pocket. The simple acts of focusing on a progressively distant object or draping a cool towel over your eyes cost nothing. The activities will then allow you to heal and take better care of your eyes without having to spend money for every step of the healing process.

Now don’t take this whole idea the wrong way. It is still worth your time and money to visit your optometrist and seek his/her professional opinion on what’s wrong with your eyes – especially if you can afford it in the first place. But with NVI, at least you will Bates even went so far as to say glasses do more harm than good! But the thing

about NVI is that it does not reject conventional wisdom. NVI is about applying

techniques and exercises that complement what conventional optometry fails to


This basically means that NVI’s role is to be a partner to conventional optometry. The exercises, activities, regimens and dietary changes included in the NVI program can work to strengthen the eyes, while conventional optometry deals with the most

immediate problem. Wear your glasses while driving or walking down the street, and then conduct focusing activities in the safety of your home. Apply the prescribed eye drops during peak hours at the office, then use a cold towel instead when things die down. Keep this up, and you will not only improve your vision but you will also prevent your eyes from suffering more damage than they already have.

           So to cut a long story short, Natural Vision Improvement is a progressive set of activities that allow you to slowly improve your eyesight. It is not an overnight miracle cure and it most certainly not a replacement for optometry, but it is most certainly effective at

 a) minimizing damage to your eyes due to abuse,

 b) developing the muscles in your eyes,

 c) training you to see things better and

d) supplying your eyes with the nutrients they need to stay strong.

Now that we have discussed the role of NVI in mainstream optometry, it is time that we delve into another important discussion – understanding how our eyes work in the first place.

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